Gayle Ashley

She worked in all areas of public and private law (handling cases from start to finish) including care, injunctions, divorce and ancillary relief and has seen family law from all sides. Gayle also accepts instructions in civil cases in particular commercial, Personal Injury and Housing cases.

She also has extensive expereince of criminal advocacy in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts in legally-aided and privately-funded adult and youth cases. . Read more →

Gayle was called to the Bar in 1997 having been awarded ‘Very Competent’ in her Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law. Prior to completing pupillage in London – during which time she undertook criminal civil and family work throughout London and the South East – Gayle worked for a large solicitor’s practice.

During this time, Gayle undertook personal injury work before specialising in family law for two years. She worked in all areas of public and private law (handling cases from start to finish) including care, injunctions, divorce and ancillary relief and has seen family law from all sides.

Following this, Gayle spent 10 years in Her Majesty’s Court Service (HMCS) as a Legal Adviser, Legal Team Manager and Family Services Manager. She took daily courts in family as well as adult and youth crime throughout Sussex, and was a Designated Legal Adviser with judicial responsibilities which included conducting directions hearings at the Brighton Care Centre. Her regular meetings with the Designated Family Judge at the Brighton Care Centre helped to progress the delivery of family services throughout Sussex, and also gave her insight into how to work with judges and the relevant court processes to achieve positive outcomes. Gayle built a strong reputation for her ability to build friendly relationships with the relevant agencies, including CAFCASS, and also delivered family law training to magistrates, legal advisers and the judiciary.

Gayle has since maintained her close connections with the court, and her behind-the-scenes knowledge of the workings of the system helps her to prepare her cases effectively.

More recently, Gayle has been an employed barrister at a firm of solicitors, undertaking a varied and substantial case load (handling cases from start to finish) including criminal advocacy in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts in legally-aided and privately-funded adult and youth cases. She has worked with Queen’s Counsel on a variety of serious and complex cases including serious sexual offences, and one of the country’s leading QCs, Lewis Power QC, has described Gayle as a ‘brilliant lawyer’, commended her legal and case management skills as ‘outstanding’ and her paperwork and case preparation as ‘magnificent and of the highest quality’. Her thorough preparation has enabled her to identify outcome-changing details in several cases.

Gayle is very highly regarded by both lay and professional clients because of her integrity, legal knowledge and abilities, approachability, and professionalism. She easily builds exceptional rapport with her clients – her warm, personable approach helping her to get along with clients from all walks of life.

Gayle is delighted to have accepted an invitation to join Becket Chambers and accepts instructions in crime, family law and civil matters. She lives in Brighton with her husband, children and pets.

Crime

Gayle primarily works with private clients and, as well as preparing all aspects of the case, regularly attends court as advocate in a range of cases including death by dangerous driving, rape and other serious sexual offences, child abuse and a very high cost money laundering case involving 20 defendants.

Gayle has most frequently represented defendants, mainly in crown and magistrates’ courts. The majority of Gayle’s Crown court cases have been privately funded rather than recipients of legal aid, and she enjoys a reputation for delivering the exceptional levels of service expected by private clients.

Gayle believes in thorough preparation, enabling her to fully know a case and how to present it, and has a strong track record for achieving positive results, due to her forensic approach to analysing evidence and information. She enjoys the level of detail required to know a case inside out – frequently enabling her to focus her case preparation on the single detail that might make a difference to the outcome of a case.

Gayle’s detailed knowledge and experience of how defence works enables her, when acting for the prosecution, to anticipate what arguments the defence might present. She welcomes both prosecution and defence cases in all aspects of criminal law including:

  • benefit fraud
  • driving offences
  • general crime
  • sexual offences

Gayle Ashley's Testimonials for Crime

“I just wanted to thank you personally for all your help.  You were so kind to all of us and it was always very reassuring to have you there to explain everything – it really meant a lot.

What a wonderful outcome!

Once again thank you so much for everything – you really were a rock to help us through this difficult time.”

Ms S Instructing Gayle Ashley through Solicitors – March 16

Public Law Children

Gayle has worked extensively in Public law cases, both with legal aid and private funding. She acts primarily for parents or Guardians. She is known for her sensitive approach and ability to assimilate complex details.

Her experience has included high profile cases including those involving child deaths and she is experienced in working alongside the police and experts in family law. She is adept at instructing and drafting questions and letters of instruction for experts.